Cardiology CME

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Looking to master the reading of an EKG? Or better treat AFIB? This Cardiology CME course dives into these topics and more, leading you to make more confident patient care decisions.

CME On-Demand Courses Include

Language – English

Access On Desktop, Tablet & Mobile

Package 1: 13 CME Credit Hours (Rx=2.75)

Package 2: 9 CME Credit Hours (Rx=0.75)

Package 1 – Spot that Rhythm: Heart Attack & Stroke . . . No Joke!

Classes by Leslie Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA

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Spot that Rhythm: 12 Lead ECG Interpretation (Part 1)

In this session, you will learn how the frontal, augmented, and chest (V) leads of the ECG align with the images on the printed copy of the 12 lead ECG. You will learn which two leads are the most useful to determine rate and rhythm. By the end of the first session, you will be a pro at on-the-spot interpretation of the underlying heart rate and rhythm.

Turned to the Side, Slower, Wider, What’s Wrong: 12 Lead ECG Interpretation (Part 2)

In this session, you will learn what axis means, including likely causes and significance of an axis deviation, if present. You will use the “eyeball test” as one of the three ways to determine if left ventricular hypertrophy is present on a 12 lead ECG. In addition, you will get hands-on practice using a systematic approach to determine the difference between right versus left bundle branch blocks in ECGs with wide QRS waves.

Spot that Heart Attack: 12 Lead ECG Case Studies

The treatment of patients with heart failure (HF) has become very complex, including figuring out how to optimize guideline-directed medical therapy for patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction and HF with preserved ejection fraction. In this session, we will cover the latest treatment guidelines for treating adults with both types of HF. We will review how to start and titrate optimal medical therapy, including traditional baseline therapy and two new classes of medications. You will learn strategies for how to overcome barriers to medication titration from an expert in the field, including which circumstances would trigger a referral to an HF specialist. Templates for conducting phone visits (within 72 hours) and clinic visits (within 7-10 days) for those hospitalized for HF will be shared for immediate use in your clinical practice. Patient education resources and a user-friendly app for health care providers will also be shared.

Ref and Pef: The Not So Identical Twins of Heart Failure (Rx=1.25)

Often the vulva, vestibule, and vagina serve simply as a conduit to get to that cervix and screen for cancer. We are going to take a pause at these important layers discussing dermatologic disorders, vulvar and vestibular pain disorders, and recurrent vaginal infections. We will go through recognition, evaluation, and treatment of all disorders of the V!

Stop the Stroke, Prevent the Bleed in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (Rx=1.0)

In this session, you will utilize evidence-based risk stratification scoring tools to determine whether your patient with atrial fibrillation needs chronic anticoagulation to prevent stroke while considering the likelihood of bleeding. We will compare newer versus traditional anticoagulation options to stroke prevention, even for those with chronic kidney disease. The discussion will conclude with reviewing a systematic approach to managing bleeding, including the use of newly approved reversal agents, as appropriate, in patients on chronic anticoagulation.

Classes by Zach Hartsell, DHA, PA-C

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Respiratory Cases (Rx=0.25)

This presentation will provide an overview of the distinctive types of acute respiratory failure and an overview of mechanism and pathophysiology. Emphasis will be placed on the initial evaluation, including oxygen supplementation techniques and indications/contraindications for the use of NIPPV. Finally, this presentation will provide an overview of acute respiratory distress syndrome, focusing on diagnostic criteria and a review of evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Managing Airline Emergencies

As the world gets back to travel, medical emergencies on airlines will once again be on the rise. Before the pandemic, it was estimated that approximately 1 in 10,000 passengers have a medical event onboard aircraft each year. Seventy-five percent (75%) of these are minor medical events that can be treated with simple first aid. While serious medical events are rare, clinicians need to know how to respond to such emergencies. Using a case-based format, this presentation will review the common medical conditions encountered in flight, resources available to providers, and the legalities surrounding responding to out-of-hospital emergencies. Infectious disease considerations will be reviewed and discussed. In addition to general concepts, this presentation will focus on problem-specific treatments.

Acute Kidney Injury Cases

With kidney disease on the rise, a patient presenting to the emergency department with acute kidney injury will continue to increase. This case-based presentation will allow participants to confidently assess and classify patients with suspected kidney injury, identify the most common precipitants of acute kidney injury, differentiate between acute and chronic disease, and understand the first-line therapy for the treatment of acute kidney injury. We will also review indications for urgent dialysis.

Chest Pain Evaluation: Mimic, Red Herring, or the Real Deal? (Rx=0.25)

Chest pain is one of the most common chief complaints to the emergency departments, with definitive diagnosis elusive in most cases. However, who gets to be sent home? Who requires admission? This presentation addresses those specific questions with a review of the challenges in delineating cardiac vs. non-cardiac chest pain. A heavy emphasis will be placed on risk stratification methodologies for patients with suspected cardiac chest pain and an evidence-based approach to the initial evaluation. Finally, this presentation will review optimal testing strategies for both cardiac and non-cardiac etiologies of chest pain, including current controversies and guidelines.

Syncope Evaluation and Management

This presentation will review the common cause of syncope and pathophysiologic mechanisms that commonly lead to syncope. With a focus on initial evaluation and management, this presentation will review the guidelines and risk stratification tools available to aid in diagnosis. Finally, this presentation will provide an evidence-based approach to disposition and follow-up.